According to Science Daily, abdominal obesity of children and teens has risen almost 70 percent from 1988 to 2004. Obesity can lead to serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, while it is still hard work, children can lose belly fat easier than adults, if they start a low-fat diet plan and moderate exercise.
While it may surprise some people, children need sugar as a form of energy to regulate their blood sugar levels. However, they often consume too much white sugar, in the forms of sweets and white breads, and become addicted to it. They become less resistant to insulin, causing inflammation around the stomach. Parents can prevent insulin resistance by feeding their children items, with little or no sugar. Instead of a full sugar version of ice cream, try serving them a light version of Breyer’s all natural ice cream. Consider using Splenda instead of sugar in desserts.
Certain foods will provide children with vitamins and antioxidants, which will assist them in burning fat and reducing the inflammation. Encourage children to load up their plates with colorful fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, blueberries, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. These stop the free radicals from causing damage to their cells.
Children should also consume healthy fats, found in fish like salmon, because it helps them do better in school and stay mild-tempered. The Omega 3 fatty acids help prevent cravings and overeating in children, as well as controlling irritability and moods.
Eating fiber helps children feel satisfied longer, as well as promoting a healthy digestive system. Children should consume several servings of whole grains, oats, or brain, besides munching on fruits and vegetables throughout the day In order to be hydrated, children should drink seven to eight glasses of water each day. Water will also help to fill them up. Pop and juice do not count as part of the water total, because they are loaded with sugar.
In order to lose belly fat, children need to get moving. They can start off with something as simple as taking a walk or playing basketball with a friend. They should supplement it with the crunches and sit-ups, but remember to be patient. The weight will not disappear all at once.